Making your own DIY wipe-on poly finish for wooden projects is easy. Wipe-on poly is great because it dries quickly, you don't need to dirty a brush and it doesn't drip. However, to buy the solution in the store can be expensive, especially considering how easy it is to make your own.
After a couple of tests, I have come up with a solution that is pretty much identical to the one you buy in the store, in terms of finish and color. So let's create a custom pump can to make it easier to access the finish, and then mix our own solution.
Step 1: Make the Can
- 1 quart paint can
- replacement soap dispenser
- 3/8 inch drill bit
Start with a clean 1 quart paint can. Measure the center of the lid and drill a hole using the 3/8 inch drill bit. Insert the replacement soap dispenser pump into the hole, push it down all the way. Here you can secure it with epoxy or hot glue to create a seal.
Step 2: Mix the Solution
- Mineral Spirits
In the can, pour in 1 cup of polyurethane and 1 cup of mineral spirits. Mix well, then put on the lid with the attached soap dispenser pump and secure the lid in place using a mallet. Try the pump out and you're ready to use your new wipe-on poly pump can!
Tip! In between uses, it can be a good idea to close off the end of the nozzle with a piece of tape to prevent air from entering the can, which will affect the finish over time.
Step 3: Conclusion - Watch the Video
For a more in depth look, check out the video that goes over all of the steps to make this simple DIY wipe-on poly finish.